Perceived barriers to effective multilevel governance of human-natural systems: an analysis of marine protected areas in Vietnam

Ho, Thu Van Trung, Cottrell, Alison, Valentine, Peter, and Woodley, Simon (2012) Perceived barriers to effective multilevel governance of human-natural systems: an analysis of marine protected areas in Vietnam. Journal of Political Ecology, 19. pp. 17-35.

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Abstract

This study of multilevel governance in contemporary Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Vietnam used a qualitative methodology to identify the factors that cause fragmentation of governance structures, leading to ineffective management and governance of these MPAs. These factors relate to formal institutions, socio-economic conditions and social capital. The study reveals different barriers to effective governance at different levels. Socio-economic conditions affect the participation of local communities, whereas formal institutional arrangements are major barriers to the collaboration between state-actors across sectors. Mutual trust, communication and reciprocity may nurture and foster participation and collaboration by actors in the multilevel governance of MPAs. The article stresses the importance of social capital in multilevel governance of human-natural systems. It concludes that the existing institutional structure of MPAs may require reforms to achieve more effective governance and to meet the overall goals of the national MPA network.

Item ID: 22843
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: environmental governance, institutions, natural resource management, marine protected areas, human-natural systems
ISSN: 1073-0451
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2012 06:19
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 100%
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